Posted to MedZilla on 1/17/2020

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Lead Research Strategy R0008842-MZ


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Job Description

Are you looking for a patient-focused company that will inspire you and support your career? If so, be empowered to take charge of your future at Takeda. Join us as a Lead Research Strategy in our Cambridge office. Here, everyone matters and you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission. As a Lead Research Strategy, you will be empowered to lead strategy reviews on portfolio, capacity, resourcing, and cross-functional coordination and independently and proactively formulates potential strategic initiatives for groups across Research, and a typical day will include:


  • Define and execute Research strategy initiatives in alignment with the Global Head of Research S&O, Head of Research, and Research Senior Leadership Team
  • Lead strategy reviews on portfolio, capacity, resourcing, and cross-functional coordination
  • Provide advice to Takeda Global Research leadership and partners across R&D (including Finance, HR, Procurement)
  • Drive and facilitate successful Research senior leadership meetings and discussion forums


  • Independently and proactively formulates potential strategic initiatives for groups across Research
  • Supports the Global Research Head of Strategy & Operations in facilitating Research Leadership Team meetings to drive decision making.
  • Synthesizes outcomes of Research Leadership Team meetings and establishes deliverables.
  • Monitors progress toward Research KPIs, recommending interventions as necessary to ensure that the organization is on track to meet or exceed its performance targets.
  • Evaluates Research performance holistically over time, including portfolio and capacity evolution, to inform future planning.
  • Monitors activities/reviews in the broader R&D organization and ensure awareness/alignment across functional lines
  • Leads and/or guides key non-project Research initiatives including developing work plans, budgets, risk mitigation and support strategies.
  • Contributes to creating an employment culture and values which attract, retain, and develop the most effective people.
  • Understanding of drug discovery activities and Research line functions roles and responsibilities
  • Broad scientific understanding of Global Takeda Research s core areas: gastroenterology, neuroscience, oncology, rare diseases
  • Demonstrated ability to work across functions, regions and cultures
  • Enterprise level leadership with the ability to inspire, motivate and drive results
  • Ability to present complex information clearly and with confidence
  • Excellent communicator, able to persuasively convey both ideas and data, verbally and in writing
  • Proven skills as an effective team player who can engender credibility and confidence within and outside the company
  • Ability to distil complex issues and ideas down to simple comprehensible terms
  • Embraces and demonstrates a diversity and inclusion mindset and role models these behaviors for the organization ensures and encourages diversity
  • An inspirational leader who shares passion and motivates others
  • Shares mission and vision with team members and facilitates the achievement of their goals
  • Promotes scientific and career development for team members at al levels
  • Mentors team members through review of key decisions, issue resolution and responses to challenges
  • Ensures viable succession plan and readiness of candidate successors for roles as necessary
  • Ensures and encourages diversity
  • Empowered and accountable for senior team hiring decisions and for oversight of overall headcount deployment
  • Decision making responsibilities:
  • Provide input to highly complex decisions that impact the functional area
  • Accountable for decision making for designated function
  • Ability to seek diverse input from multiple constituents and stakeholders to drive innovative solutions
  • Ability to incorporate feedback and ensure decisions are implemented swiftly to yield flawless execution
  • Accountable for providing input to and implementing vision and strategy for designated scope
  • Effectively navigates the changing external and internal environment and leads others through change by creating and inspiring and engaging workplace
  • Cultivates a broad network of relationships throughout Takeda, with affiliates and external partners, in the industry and area of expertise.
  • Effectively represents function in negotiations with the ability to resolve conflict in a constructive manner
  • Ability to build strong relationships and collaborate effectively with other interfacing Takeda functions
  • Forward thinking with the ability to recommend, influence and implement organizational change and continuous innovation
  • Comfortable challenging the status quo and bringing forward innovative solutions
  • Ability to take risks implementing innovative solutions, accelerating time to market
  • Identifies opportunities and anticipates changes in the business landscape through an understanding and ongoing assessment of the environment affecting the business.
  • Role models respect and inclusion, creating a culture that fosters innovation
  • Ability to work in a global ecosystem (internal and external) with a high degree of complexity
  • Deep expertise required
  • Ability to see and understand broader, enterprise level perspective


  • Has strong leadership skills and acumen.
  • Has excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Shows cross-cultural understanding to utilize the diverse talents and has demonstrated ability to manage teams to maximize the organizational productivity
  • Capable of leading a matrixed team comprised of scientists from within Takeda as well as external collaborators.
  • Minimum of 5+ years experience in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry with a demonstrable deep understanding of drug discovery & development practices and significant experience in biotechnology / pharmaceutical field.
  • Advanced degree in Chemistry, Biology, or related field preferred but may not be required based on industrial experience in a biotech/pharma R&D setting


Will manage globally coordinated work product, possibly with direct reports at multiple locations. Approximately 25% travel may be required. Domestic and international flights with overnight stays are required.


401(k) with company match and Annual Retirement Contribution Plan

Tuition reimbursement

Company match of charitable contributions

Health & Wellness programs including onsite flu shots and health screenings

Generous time off for vacation and the option to purchase additional vacation days

Community Outreach Programs

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Boston, MA

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